Back in 2017, T Levels were first announced in the budget as an alternative vocation to A Levels.

Launched in 15 different industry areas, T Levels are starting in areas where a lot of technical training is required. The courses will have a least 315 hours teaching hours including core theory and specialist knowledge and skills and a mandatory industry placement with an employer for a minimum of 45 days.

T Levels will follow GCSEs and be equivalent to 3 Levels. Grading will be split between Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* and a core component grade using A* to E.

T Levels will be one of three options given to students when they reach 16, with the other two choices currently being A Levels and Apprenticeships. There is a hope that T Levels will become a gap fill for those looking to progress to skills employment, technical degrees or degree apprenticeships once their T Levels are complete.

In August 2019, the Chancellor announced an additional £400m for 16-19 education for the academic year 2020 to 2021. ‘As a result, we will be increasing the funding rate for 16-19 education, including T Levels, by 4.7%’

The first set of T Levels is set to start in Autumn 2020, for three specific occupations:

Digital Production, Design and Development

Design, Surveying and Planning


Following these, an additional 22 T Levels will begin in Autumn 2021, 2022 and 2023.

To see the list of providers who are delivering T Levels click here

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